2018 GEAR UP Leadership Awards







Submit a Nomination by May 4

Among NCCEP’s 154 GEAR UP programs across 44 states are innumerable “GEAR UP Heroes” who are the change they wish to see in the world. We know that the success of your GEAR UP program relies on the collaborative efforts of your GEAR UP team, but that there are also those in your team that go above and beyond the call of duty. Through the annual NCCEP/GEAR UP Leadership Awards we wish to recognize those individuals who are due national recognition for their contributions to GEAR UP as a whole. Please take a moment to nominate a professional, partner, family leader, and/or student who deserves this accolade from the GEAR UP community. 

While there are many who come to mind as deserving of these awards, ruminate on an individual who has embodied the purpose of the GEAR UP grant which, as you well know, is to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. Has a professional turned their GEAR UP program into a movement that is highly effective in increasing college attendance rates? How does your community partner elevate your GEAR UP program in ways you could not have without them? Does the parent or family member of one of your GEAR UP students embrace the challenge of navigating career and college knowledge with fervor and fidelity and in doing so inspire other families to do the same? Can you think of a student who has beaten the odds because they were able to use their GEAR UP program as a catalyst to their success?

The brief application is worth your time and effort because the recipient(s) are worth the acknowledgement. So help us help you shine the spotlight on those who do an outstanding job of helping students succeed!

Applications Due: May 4, 2018

Click here for the 2018 Leadership Award Application Guidelines and Questions.

Click here for the Leadership Award Application Overview Mini Webinar.

Learn about the award winners from previous years:

  • 2017 GEAR UP Leadership Award Winners
  • 2016 GEAR UP Leadership Award Winners
  • 2015 GEAR UP Leadership Award Winners
  • 2014 GEAR UP Leadership Award Winners
  • 2013 GEAR UP Leadership Award Winners 
  • 2012 GEAR UP Leadership Award Winners

GEAR UP Program Locator

Are GEAR UP services available in your state or region? You can find out by clicking on this interactive map. Here you will find where GEAR UP programs currently serve students, the size of their grants, how many students they serve and a link to their website for more information.